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When you are injured in a truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, or car accident, you are thrown into a problem for which you had not planned. You are suddenly forced to deal with injuries, property damage, insurance companies and physicians. It can be overwhelming, confusing and painful.
It is important to document as much as you can in the time that follows your auto accident. In doing so, you can bolster your personal injury claim and positively impact your financial compensation.
McCoy & McCoy Personal Injury Law Firm in Hartford, Connecticut, offers this toolkit as a guide – it is a place for you to take notes about the accident and to track new developments as your case progresses. While this is not a legal document nor does it create an attorney-client relationship, it can provide you with vital information and help your lawyer build a strong personal injury claim on your behalf.
Here is a quick list of the things to do and what not to do after you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident:
- DO assess injuries right away and seek medical treatment immediately if needed
- DO call 911 and the police and make sure an accident report is made.
- DO take photographs of your car, the other car and the accident scene.
- DO go to the doctor.
- DO speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident.
- DO take good notes about the accident, your injuries, your medical treatment and other items as detailed below.
- DO NOT talk to the other driver’s insurance company.
31 Important Questions and Information to Write Down After an Auto Accident
Below are questions you should write down answers for pertaining to your accident. The more information you can remember the better. These are also the questions a lawyer will ask you about your accident, so writing them down as soon after the accident as possible will help keep the information as fresh as possible.
- Date and time of the accident:
- Location of the accident:
- What do you remember about the accident? Are there any specific details that stick out in your mind?
- Describe the accident:
- Do you remember anything about the other driver? Was he or she intoxicated, angry or distracted?
- Was he or she using a cell phone while driving?
- Names and contact information of passengers in your car:
- Names and contact information of passengers in the other vehicle(s):
- Name and contact information of the other driver
- Other driver’s insurance information:
- Your insurance information:
- Name of law enforcement officer(s) who arrived at the accident scene:
- Name of paramedic and the ambulance number:
- Did you talk about your injuries with the paramedic?
- Did he or she say anything about your injuries?
- Did you go to a hospital, emergency room or other type of medical facility?
- Who treated you?
- What injuries were you treated for?
- Did you receive any x-rays or MRIs?
- Did they administer pain medication?
- List all medical providers and care that you have received since the accident:
- List all pain medications that you have been prescribed since the accident:
- How are your injuries affecting you?
- Are you able to work? Are you able to perform your household duties? Are you able to sleep?
- What activities (recreational and otherwise) are you no longer able to perform?
- Did your car sustain property damage? What type? Do you have pictures?
- Did the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident sustain property damage? Do you have pictures?
- What have you discussed with your insurance company?
- Have you talked to the other driver’s insurance company? (Refrain from doing so and speak with a lawyer first.)
- Who did you talk to at the insurance company?
- What was the conversation about?
You can also purchase a small notebook to use as your auto accident journal. This journal can serve an important purpose, so you have all your relevant information in one place.
Here are ideas about what you should record in your journal. Remember to date each entry:
- Your injuries, aches and pains
- Doctor appointments
- Medical bills
- Receipts pertaining to the accident such as repair bills for your car
- Phone calls pertaining to the accident – remember to get the names of the people you talk to
- The interruption to your regular, daily life that your injuries have caused
Still Have Questions?
This information is provided as a way to help alleviate stress after an accident, and as a guide on how to organize the information you will need for a possible claim. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and have questions about next steps, visit our Car Accident FAQ page to read up on the most commonly asked questions we receive from clients, or give us a call for a free consultation about your accident.
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